Roots & Shoots teacher-coordinators displays workshop certificates
Conservation Education is a vital component of Tacugama’s work in the country and as a chimp sanctuary; it has contributed immensely to building the capacity of teachers and supporting children. On Thursday, 24th October, Teaching and education expert, Dr. Debbie Tuckwood BA (Hons) PGCE Doc Soc Sci, conducted a Focus on Teaching and Learning workshop for 13 teacher-coordinators of the Roots & Shoots school clubs at Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The aim of the workshop was to explore best practice teaching techniques to help inspire students and make learning stick. Roots & Shoot is a youth empowerment programme that inspires and enables young people to become compassionate leaders who are globally mindful and locally active by guiding them through youth-led, community environment–related projects that help people, animals and the environment. In February this year, World-renowned primatologist, Dr. Jane Goodall, on her visit to Sierra Leone, formally announced the launch and partnership with the Jane Goodall’s Institute (JGI) to establish Roots & Shoots in the country. Roots & Shoots groups are now active in countries around the world including Sierra Leone. The 13 secondary and primary teachers were drawn from 8 schools within and outside of Regent. Five secondary and 3 primary school teachers will have to serve as coordinators of the club in their respective schools and at the same time serve as ‘Ambassadors’ for Tacugama guiding students to take responsible actions towards environment/wildlife protection. The trainer, Dr Tuckwood is a skilled educator from the UK who regularly presents and writes about best practice in education. She has been involved for over 40 years in teaching (primary, secondary and adults), curriculum development, examinations and occupational standard setting.